Fun Fact: Which County is Home to a Community Built by Former Slaves Who Fought in the Civil War?

After the Civil War ended in 1865, eighteen black soldiers returned to Talbot County and settled a few miles outside of the town of Easton. The formation of The Village of Unionville is credited to Ezekiel Cowgill and his son James, Quakers who owned nearby Lombardy Plantation. The Cowgills offered each veteran a plot of land for the rate of one dollar a year for thirty years. Photo Credit: MD Historical Trust Prior to 1870,…

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Fun Fact: What (or Who) Do Lexington Market and Washington College Have in Common?

Lexington Market in Baltimore City and Washington College in Kent County have both been “cooler than you since 1782." Photo Credit: Baltimore Heritage In 1782, John Eager Howard (of Revolutionary War fame) donated a portion of his family pasture land to be used as a market. That same year, Gen. George Washington lent his name and donated 50 guineas to founding Washington College (he also served on the first Board of Visitors and Governors). At…

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Fun Fact: Love is in the Air! Which MD County is Home to a NYT Bestselling Romance Novelist?

Eleanor Marie Robertson, or Nora Roberts, has called Boonsboro in Washington County home for 30 years. Born in Silver Spring, she was the youngest of five children in a family of avid readers. She was inspired to write during a terrible snowstorm in the late 1970s. As a stay-at-home mother of two boys, and the only girl in a family of boys, she has spent most of her life surrounded by men. Courtesy: Nora Roberts…

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Community Colleges Host First Virtual Student Advocacy Day

Student Advocacy Day draws a virtual crowd of community college students to Annapolis Over 230 students from Maryland’s 16 community colleges came together in Annapolis on Tuesday morning for the 21st Student Advocacy Day, an annual event, hosted by the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC), organized to connect legislators with community college students in their districts to help inform voting decisions on community college funding and policy. According to a press release: State Senators Mary…

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Fun Fact: Which Maryland County Has the State’s Only Natural Lake?
Deep Creek Lake, Courtesy of Visitdeepcreek.com
Fun Fact: Which Maryland County Has the State’s Only Natural Lake?

If you are looking for a natural lake in Maryland, you won't find one. Maryland has no natural lakes or those defined by the EPA as: “Lakes without evidence of a dam or where available information indicated the lake was natural even if a dam exists to augment the depth of the lake. Analysts defined manmade reservoirs as waterbodies that were constructed.” Deep Creek Lake, Courtesy of Visitdeepcreek.com All of Maryland’s lakes are manmade by…

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Fun Fact: Lonaconing Is Lucky, But This County’s Residents Are Feeling Fortunate…Jackpot or Not

Last week, a locally owned convenience store in Allegany County sold the winning ticket for the largest Powerball jackpot in Maryland’s history. Coney Market, in the town of Lonaconing (pronounced LOH-nah-koh-ning) sold the ticket that pays out a total of $731.1 million. While the winner may never be publicly known, (Maryland is one of a handful of states where winners can remain anonymous). The residents of Mountain Maryland feel they have hit the jackpot every…

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Fun Fact: Only Three Counties in Maryland No Longer Use Railroads. Do You Know Which Ones?

While steamboats have vanished, rail service lives on in all Maryland counties except Calvert, St. Mary’s, and Talbot. Maryland played an integral part in the creation of the railroad industry—the Baltimore & Ohio, the first intercity railroad in the Western Hemisphere, began in Baltimore in 1827. Before interstate highways, Bay Bridges and Tunnels, and motor vehicle transportation as we know it today, railroads were the way to travel between Maryland cities and towns. Baltimore City…

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Fun Fact: Which County has the Newest Barn Quilt Trail in Maryland? (And What’s a Barn Quilt Trail??)

While there are thousands of barn quilt trails all over the country, and two in Maryland, the Calvert County Barn Quilt Trail is the newest and the first in Southern Maryland. Courtesy: Calvert Barn Quilt Trail A barn quilt is a replica of a colorful square on a quilt, painted on wood and mounted on a barn or building. Every square tells two stories. First, the design and pattern of each square has a special…

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Fun Fact: QUIZ…Can You Label All 24 Maryland Counties on a Map?

Maryland's counties formed over the course of three centuries. St. Mary's County was the first, being formed in 1637, while Garrett County was the last in 1872. Baltimore City, although a municipality, has been considered among the number of county jurisdictions since the adoption of the Maryland Constitution of 1851. Many of the counties in Maryland were named for relatives of the Barons Baltimore who were the proprietors of the Maryland colony from its founding…

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Fun Fact: Which Maryland Counties Were Once Connected by a Ferry?

The Claiborne Annapolis Ferry Company was a passenger and automobile transit service that operated on the Chesapeake Bay between 1919 and 1952. Courtesy: Secrets of the Eastern Shore In its heyday, the town of Claiborne (Talbot County) on the eastern shore of Maryland, served as a landing for tourists looking to get a break from big cities like Annapolis (Anne Arundel County), on the western shore. Passengers who arrived in Claiborne on foot were able…

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